Information report on state legislation

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Information report on state legislation
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Office of State Programs, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
-v.10, no. 7 (Dec. 1984)
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"NUREG/BR-0025."
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Description based on: Vol. 9, no. 6 (July 1983)

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( EG/BR-0025
INFORMATION REPORT ON



c State Leg tion
OFFICE OF STATE PROGRAMS
U. S. NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

Vol. 8 No. 4 April 1982


Pennsylvania SR-225 serves as an interesting tool for educating legislators
on the provisions of the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Act of 1980
(LLRWPA), which authorizes States to form regional compacts for the
purpose of selecting and maintaining low-level waste disposal sites.
The Act authorizes compacts to exclude low-level radioactive waste
generated in non-member States after January 1, 1986.
States introducing Compact legislation in this issue are: Colorado,
Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas and Virginia.
The U.S. General Accounting Office has begun its investigation into
State/Federal low-level waste management activities. The report will
focus on the progress of the States' compact activities and the Department
of Energy's waste management programs. The request for the inquiry was
made last November by U.S. Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts.
The inquiry will focus on problems the States may be facing in meeting
requirements of the Act, and will address the question of who should
develop contingency plans. The GAO team will be visiting DOE, several
States, and industry.
In addition, Senator James McClure, Chairman of the Senate Committee on
Energy and Natural Resources, has requested POE to prepare a status
report on the implementation of the LLRWPA. The report will address the
progress of each Compact, and will include copies of each of the draft
Compacts available along with comments made on the Compacts by any
federal agencies. The NRC has been asked to provide.input to the
report.



G. Wayne err, Director
Office of State Programs
Prepared hy Mindy S. Landau, OSP
(301) 492-9880









Low-Level Waste Management

Florida S-985, H-978*
Indiana H-1152
Kansas H-2810*
New Hampshire H-26


Health Department


Radioactive Waste, Handling and
Financial Management

Florida S-985, H-978*
Kansas H-2716*
Ohio S-433
Washington SCR-140

High Level Waste Management


Alabama S-70

Emergency Preparedness

Arizona H-2357
Delaware S-427
Massachusetts H-2399
Pennsylvania H-2216
Virginia H-18

Low-Level Waste Compacts

Colorado H-1246
Georgia H-1391
Hawaii H-2165, S-2204
Kansas H-2809
Kansas H-2810*
Virginia S-371
Washington SJM-124

Public Utilities

Connecticut H-5028
Kansas H-2704
Massachusetts H-1927
Massachusetts H-2789
Washington SJM-119

Energy Offices

Florida S-741
Minnesota H-1715
Washington S-4844

Transportation

Florida S-751
Kansas H-2716*
Massachusetts H-2316
Mississippi H-929*
New Jersey A-218


Maine LD-1911
Mississippi H-362
Mississippi H-929*
Mississippi S-2751
Ohio SJR-41

Power Plant Siting

Minnesota H-451
Tennessee S-1522


Power Plants

New Hampshire H-36
Tennessee HJR-316
West Virginia H-1502

Uranium Mining and Milling

New Mexico S-75, H-135
Virginia S-179

Environmental Controls

New York A-9726, S-7890

Miscellaneous


Mississippi H-327
Tennessee HJR-300


*Bill appears in more than one category









ENACTED LEGISLATION


INDIANA

Low-Level Nuclear Waste Commission H-1152. Creates the Low-Level
Nuclear Waste Management Study Commission with the following duties:

1) Examining the technological and policy issues of low-level waste;
2) Examining the impact of the Federal Low-Level Radioactive Waste
Policy Act of 1980 on the State;
3) Including in its study the advisability of the State entering into
a multistate compact;
4) Preparing a low-level nuclear waste management legislative program;
Details membership requirements,'appropriations, and reporting procedures.
(Enacted 2/8/82.)


INTRODUCED LEGISLATION

ALABAMA

Board of Health Services S-70. Creates a Board of Health Services
Personnel to serve as the legal entity to recognize and identify certain
health services occupations such as nuclear medical technologists,
radiation therapy technologists and radiographers. (Introduced 1/12/82.)


ARIZONA

Emergency Management H-2357. Makes appropriations to the Nuclear
Emergency Management Fund, and makes a nuclear emergency management
assessment against consortium of public service and municipal corporations
engaged in constructing Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station.
(Introduced 2/3/82.)


COLORADO

Rocky Mountain Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact H-1246. Establishes
the means for a cooperative effort in managing low-level waste, insures
economic management of low-level waste facilities, encourages reduction
in volume of such waste, and distributes the costs, benefits and obligations
of low-level waste management equitably among party States. Eligible
States to this Compact are: Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico
and Wyoming. (Introduced 2/9/82.)





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CONNECTICUT

Capital Expenditure by Electric Companies H-5028. Requires the Department
of Public Utility Control to review electric company plans for the
construction or conversion of electrical generating facilities and
exclude the costs of any such project from the company's rate base if it
is less cost-effective then other methods of generating or conserving
electricity. (Introduced 2/3/82.)


DELAWARE

Radiological Emergency Plan S-427. Requires the Department of Public
Safety to develop and maintain a Radiological Emergency Plan to comply
with all protective and remedial measures on behalf of all residents
with respect to a radiological accident. Authorizes contracts to be
entered into and funds accepted from public or private sources in order
to defray expenses associated with the plan. (Introduced 1/27/82.)


FLORIDA

Division of Energy Conservation S-741. Creates the Division of Energy
Conservation whose duties are to collect data on the production, exploration,
transportation, storage, etc. of energy resources in the State. The
Division will be responsible for all educational projects designed to
increase public awareness of the need for efficient utilization of
electricity. (Introduced 1/28/82.)

Transportation Requirements S-751. Details placarding requirements for
the transportation of radioactive waste, and empowers the Department of
Transportation to adopt regulations promulgated by other State agencies.
(Introduced 1/28/82.)

Radioactive Waste S-985, H-978. Authorizes the Department of Health and
Rehabilitative Services to develop policies to mitigate hazards associated
with use & disposal of ionizing radiation. The Department will also
encourage and participate in studies relating to the control of ionizing
radiation and its effect on public health and safety. The Department
will promulgate rules relating to manufacture & treatment of low-level
waste and encourage the reduction in production of such waste. (Introduced
2/3/82.)


GEORGIA

Southeast Interstate Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Compact H-1391.
Would create the above Compact for the management of low-level waste on
a regional basis. The Compact would limit the number of facilities
needed to manage the waste, encourage reduction in generation of waste,
distribute the costs, benefits and obligations of waste management
equitably among the party States, and ensure the ecological management
of low-level waste. Eligible States to the Compact are: Alabama,
Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and
Tennessee. (Introduced 1/22/82.)







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HAWAII

Northwest Interstate Compact on Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management
H-2165, S-2204. Would adopt the Compact which would provide eligible
States with cooperation in maintaining the economical management of low-
level waste. Eligible States to the Compact are: Alaska, Hawaii,
Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. (Introduced
1/28/82.)

KANSAS

Electric Utilities H-2704. Prohibits any electric utility from passing
charges incurred by returning an inoperable plant back to service, onto
any customer. (Introduced 1/20/82.)

Hazardous Waste Management H-2716. Enables the State to develop a
statewide hazardous waste management plan which would develop research
projects, policies and regulations to provide for the safe handling of
hazardous (including radioactive) waste in the State. Establishes
procedures for adoption of regulations regarding transportation. (Introduced
2/2/82.)

Central Interstate Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact H-2809. Would
enable Kansas to join the Compact, providing a cooperative framework for
the management of low-level waste. Eligible States to the Compact are:
Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North
Dakota and Oklahoma. (Introduced 2/2/82.)

Low-Level Waste Board H-2810. Establishes the Advisory Board on Low-
Level Radioactive Waste to consult with and advise the State's represent-
ative in the Central Interstate Low-Level Waste Compact regarding technical
and policy matters. The State's representative will be the Secretary of
the Department of Health and Environment. (The State has not yet
entered into the Compact). (Introduced 2/2/82.)

MAINE

Storage of Spent Fuel LD-1911. Prohibits the onsite storage of spent
fuel pools or other storage facilities after July 1, 1992, for a period
exceeding three years from the date of the fuel's removal from the
generating facility. (Introduced 2/2/82.)









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MASSACHUSETTS

Public Utilities H-1927. Prohibits the Department of Public Utilities
from granting rate increases to customers until they are mandated by the
Attorney General and/or the courts. This bill results from increased
charges claimed as necessary by the Pilgrim 2 nuclear power plant.
(Introduced 1/6/82.)

Transportation of Waste H-2316. Prohibits the transportation of any
radioactive material through any city or town if the legislative body of
the town has restricted such action. (Introduded 1/6/82.)

Emergency Preparedness H-2399 Levies charges against operators of
nuclear power plants within the State for the support of emergency
preparedness and response plans. (Introduced 1/6/82.)

Public Utilities H-2789. Prohibits the Department of Public Utilities
from allowing utility companies to charge their customers for certain
costs relating to the development of unlicensed and cancelled nuclear
power plants. (Introduced 1/6/82.)


MINNESOTA

Construction H-451. No large energy facility will be constructed
unless the applicant has justified its need. Such assessments for need
will include surplus capacity projections, reserve margins, long range
energy demands, etc. (Introduced 2/19/81.)

Energy Information Center H-1715. Establishes an energy information
center in St. Paul. It will maintain a toll-free information service
and disseminate printed materials on energy conservation topics, projected
prices and availability of different sources of energy and potential
hazards of energy conservation techniques. (Introduced 1/28/82.)


MISSISSIPPI

Insurance Exemptions H-327, Prohibits nuclear exemption exclusions in
any homeowner's or farmowner's insurance policy issued. (Introduced
1/6/82.)

High-Level W'aste Storage H-36?. Prohibits the disposal or storage of
high-level radioactive wastes in salt domes or other geologic structures
in the State. Prohibits tests to determine suitability of salt domes
for such disposal or storage. Prevents any port in the State from being
used for entry of high-level waste. Requires the State to be notified
of any agreements for the purchase of salt domes. (Introduced 1/7/82.)







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MISSISSIPPI Cont'd

High-Level Waste Storage H-929. Creates a Nuclear Waste Policy Advisory
Council and a Nuclear Waste Siting Review and Technical Advisory Committee
to assist and advise the Energy & Transportation Board in developing,
coordinating and reviewing all nuclear-related activities in the State.
The committees will regulate transportation of all high-level waste
within the State. (Introduced 1/21/82.)

High-Level Waste Activities S-2751. Creates a Nuclear Waste Control
Council and a Nuclear Waste Technical Review Committee within the
Mississippi Energy and Transportation Board. The Board will be the
agency responsible for any matter related to the long-term or temporary
storage of high-level radioactive or transuranic waste. Establishes
permit procedures and reviews for State approval of siting or storage of
high-level waste. (Introduced 1/20/82.)-


NEW HAMPSHIRE

Task Force on Low-Level Waste H-26. Establishes a task force on low-
level radioactive waste management. The task force is designated as the
point of contact in the State for all matters relating to low-level
waste. Any proposals dealing with plans for an interstate compact or
low-level waste management must be ratified by both houses of the
legislature. Details members, expenses and report requirements. (Introduced
1/8/82.)

Seabrook Power Plant H-36. Requires the Public Utilities Commission to
have an independent risk analysis study conducted for the Seabrook
nuclear power plant. It states the opposition of the general court to
the issuance of any operating license for the Seabrook plant until the
risk analysis study is completed. (Introduced 1/27/82.)


NEW JERSEY

Transportation A-218. Prohibits the transportation or temporary storage
of various types of radioactive materials in any county with a population
exceeding 1000 people per square mile. (Introduced 2/1/82.)


NEW MEXICO

Taxation S-75, H-135. Changes the method of valuation of uranium
mineral property for property taxation purposes. (Introduced 1/27/82.)






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NEW YORK

Air Pollution Control A-9726, S-7890. All major steam electric generating
facilities constructed by the Dower Authority i'h a city with a population
of one million or more shall be constructed & operated in compliance
with the air pollution control code of such city, including those provisions
restricting the emissions of air contaminants. (Introduced 2/4/82.)


OHIO

Waste Disposal S-433. Prohibits anyone from entering into any agreement
which would permit the establishment of any radioactive waste disposal
site within the State. (Introduced 1/26/82.)


PENNSYLVANIA

Emergency Response H-2216. Establishes fees to be paid by nuclear plant
owners to cover the cost of emergency plans dealing with the possibility
of nuclear accidents. Establishes a Radiation Emergency Response Program
consisting of an assessment of potential nuclear accidents, their radiological
consequences and the necessary protective actions required to mitigate
their effects. (Introduced 2/2/82.)


TENNESSEE

Construction S-1522. Relates to powers of a municipality to construct,
own, operate, maintain, acquire or lease an energy production facility.
Clarifies procedures for the issuance of bonds for financing an energy
production facility. (Introduced 1/20/82.)


VIRGINIA

Emergency Preparedness Fees H-18. Designates fees to be paid to State
offices by owners of nuclear power plants. Such fees will be placed
into a "Radiological Emergency Preparedness Fund," to be used in maintaining
emergency plans which deal with nuclear accidents. (Introduced 1/13/82.)

Uranium Mining S-179. Requires a permit to be obtained before uranium
mining may commence. AoDlications for a permit for such mining must be
accompanied by a $250 fee. (Introduced 1/?5/82.)








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VIRGINIA Cont'd

Mid-Atlantic Low-Level Radioactive Waste Interstate Compact S-371.
Would enter the State into a regional compact to handle the management
of low-level waste. The Compact will provide for:

1) Sufficient facilities for the management of low-level waste;
2) Health and safety of the region;
3) Limitations on the number of facilities required for low-level
waste;
4) Reduction in the amount of waste generated in the region;
5) Distribution of the costs, benefits & obligations of successful
waste management among the party States;
6) Ecological & economical management of low-level waste.
The appropriate federal agencies would actively assist the Compact
Commission in the form of enforcement, inspection & technical guidance.
(Introduced 2/1/82.)


WASHINGTON

Energy Commission S-4844. Creates the Energy Conservation and Development
Commission with duties to include:

1) Assessing & analyzing trends in the consumption of all forms of
energy and the environmental and economic consequences of these
trends;
2) Collecting future forecasts of supplies and consumption of all
forms of energy;
3) Researching & developing other forms of energy; and
4) Serving as central depository in the State for the collection &
dissemination of all forms of energy, supply, demand, conservation,
research and related subjects.
The Commission would study financial arrangements of joint operating
agencies to determine if their actions are consistent with applicable
research determinations. (Introduced 2/2/82.)


WEST VIRGINIA

Electric Generating Power Plants H-1502. Would prohibit the construction
or operation of electric generating power plants in the State which use
a power source other than coal. (Introduced 1/28/82.)





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INTRODUCED RESOLUTIONS


OHIO

High-Level Waste SJR-41. Expresses to the President and the Department
of Energy the vigorous objections of the people of the State to the
location of any test site or future repository for the terminal storage
of high-level radioactive waste. (Introduced 1/26/82.)


PENNSYLVANIA

Low-Level Waste Compact SR-225. Gives a brief summary of major directives
covered in the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy.Act of 1980. Urges
the Governor to negotiate a regional low-level waste compact with sister
States to provide facilities for the disposal of low-level radioactive
waste. Also urges the Legislature to immediately address the problems
associated with high-level & low-level waste disposal. (Introduced
2/9/82.)


TENNESSEE

Power Load Forecast HJR-300. Requests the Tennessee Congressional
Delegation to conduct an independent study of TVA's power load forecast
and to ask the TVA Board to delay any decisions on the "Option Report"
until the study is complete. TVA's "Option Report" pertains to the
Authority's load, growth and plant construction schedule. (Introduced
1/20/82.)

Tennessee Valley Authority HJR-316. Requests TVA to continue construction
on their proposed nuclear reactors at Hartsville, Tennessee and Yellow
Creek, Mississippi. (Introduced 2/3/82.)


WASHINGTON

Support for Initiative 394 SJM-119. Requests Congress to instruct the
Bonneville Power Administration not to assist in payment of the costs of
or to intervene in the lawsuit against Initiative 394. Initiative 394
requires any public agency building, buying or adding to a major public
energy project to obtain prior approval of a majority of voters affected
before issuing bonds. (Introduced 1/29/82.)

Low-Level Waste Compact SJM-124. Urge's Congress to consent to the
Northwest Interstate Compact on Low-Level Waste (already adopted by
Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington) in time to permit its effective date
of July 1, 1983. (Introduced 2/2/82.)







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WASHINGTON Cont'd

Committee on Radioactive Waste SCR-140. Requests that a Joint Select
Committee on Radioactive Waste be established to respond to Federal
proposals, to evaluate alternatives available to the State in the
establishment of a national system of radioactive waste repositories,
and to consider other matters related to the management of high and low-
level radioactive waste. (Introduced 2/2/82.)


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